The rule of law is a government of law and not of men. While there is no specific definition for this phrase, the rule of law is instituted into constitutions around the world to promote civil liberties and to establish order. It protects the rights of citizens against governmental abuses of power. This means that individuals and persons, as well as the government shall submit to, obey and be regulated by law, and not arbitrary action by an individual or a group of individuals (Duhaime.org website, n.d.). However, America today is not governed by laws, unless you’re a conservative. Liberals do not recognize it and utilize selective enforcement. Two sets of laws, or lawlessness, prevail: Laws for conservatives; no rule of law for liberals.
Republicans and Democrats, alike, have abused governmental power over United States citizens. In 1974, in response to the Watergate scandal that ended the presidency of Richard M. Nixon, Congress amended the Federal Election Campaign Act that restricted the amount of money that individuals and groups could contribute to candidates for federal office. The Act also limited them on how much they could spend on their campaigns and also established federal funding of presidential election campaigns. These provisions were meant to put candidates on a more equal footing with each other, as well as to reduce the influence of special interest groups.
The constitutionality of the new law was challenged by liberals and conservatives. However, the Supreme Court upheld the limits on campaign contributions, ruling that they do not interfere with an individual’s First Amendment rights of freedom of expression and association (Buckley v. Valeo, 1976). But, they did strike down unconstitutional restraints on free speech.
Even though the Supreme Court approved federal funding of presidential election campaigns, the makeup of the Federal Elections Commission was declared contrary to the Appointments Clause of the United States Constitution, which gives the president the right to appoint federal officials. The commission was then reconstituted according to this decision.
Lying, bribing, subverting election laws, payoffs, aiding the nation’s enemies, seeking the abrogation of the U.S. Constitution – which of these does not fall under the “high crimes and misdemeanors” required in the nation’s founding documents for the removal of a sitting president? Americans should care about such events as:
- Obama’s violations of federal campaign and ethics laws, including the offers from his administration to Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, who reported he was offered a high-ranking government job to drop his opposition in the Pennsylvania Senate primary to sitting Sen. Arlen Specter.
- Obama’s effort “to persuade the [Illinois] governor to fill the vacated Senate seat with his longtime adviser Valerie Jarrett.”
- Suggestions from Obama’s own Federal Election Commission documentation that he got at least $33.8 million for his campaign from disallowed foreign contributions, including 520 contributions from interests in Iran as well as $30,000 from the Hamas-controlled Gaza area.
- Obama’s administration decision to drop a case that prosecutors already had won against “black nationalist thugs” who were seen on video apparently intimidating voters during the 2008 election.
- Obama fired an inspector general, Gerald Walpin, after he exposed corruption linked to one of Obama’s buddies, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.
- The president’s system of rewarding supporters has come under question. The report confirms more than 70 individuals who raised $50,000 or more for Obama “have been rewarded with ambassadorships or high ranking jobs.”
- The Internal Revenue Scandal where supposedly two “rogue” agents from Cincinnati were targeting conservative groups.
- Benghazi, where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three Americans were killed and the Obama administration blamed it on a video and lied to cover it up.
- Fast and Furious, which resulted in the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and when Eric Holder was found to be in contempt of Congress, Obama claimed executive privilege.
- Barack Obama’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
- Barack Obama’s support of the UN resolution to register firearms worldwide.
- Barack Obama’s looting of the public treasury for anything and everything he and Michelle want.
- “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not traitor, he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. (Cicero, 42 BC).”